Who: Sunmachine Sonic Devices
Price (MSRP/PAID): $200/Loaner
Power Supply: Yes 9V Center Neg (Boss Style)
Available from: Direct
Review Date: 3/5/2012
We are approaching full circle with “Der Ring der Nibelungen”. After “Götterdämmerung” please give a warm welcome to “Walküre” and “Rheingold” – THE new Muff on the block. Forget everything you heard or read about pharaohs, swollen cucumbers, twosomes with fixing fuzzes or screwdrivers that sound like pigs with mayo. Why not getting the jack-of-all-trades you ask? Right, do yourself a favor and get yourself one of these babies for christmas.
This pedal came into my world on a lucky break when a JWR from talkbass.com sent around a few pedals to a small group of people. I was not familiar with Sunmachine Sonic Devices before, but had a chance to play with both this pedal and the Reptile fuzz.
The Walküre is a Big Muff derivative that feels a bit like the designer tried to see how many different points in the circuit he could attach knobs or switches too. I’m not a 100% clear what all the controls are as I didn’t have a manual and couldn’t find one online, and not everything is labeled, specifically the two switches.
The pedal sounds
on many settings, though dialing them in can be a bit of a chore since there is a tone of interactivity between the controls and not being 100% clear on all of them made this even more entertaining. It’s one of those things that I find to be a pain, that many people will live with and like. I know personally I’d be fighting with it all the time if it was on my pedalboard, because I’d always been struggling to recall if the knobs were in the postion I left them in.
Massively flexible Big muff, a pain to adjust.
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As always, if you have any questions, leave a comment or let me know Note: A rating of 5 = acceptable and should be considered a ‘good’ basic score
|Sound Description: Multi-Function Muff, KNOBS!|